This past spring, I had the pleasure of providing the DJ entertainment for Griffin’s Bar Mitzvah. He was one super-cool kid that my crew and I were able to really have a great time with, and make his Bar Mitzvah lots of fun. I should probably preface this all by saying, it is always a nerve wracking situation when your boss comes up to you and says, “I want you to handle a Bar Mitzvah for a friend of mine.” It adds a little bit of pressure to the party but I am glad that it did, as I welcome a challenge. From the moment that Griffin and his parents came into the office to meet with us I knew it was going to be a great party. I didn’t realize it at first but Griffin’s mom, Kim, has known me since birth, and my family even longer. I was very honored that they chose me as their Bar Mitzvah DJ because I would get to see some people that I don’t get to see that often and I enjoy performing in front of guests that I know (and love).
At our wrap up meeting, Griffin, myself, mom and dad had a great time selecting music and coming up with the timing of the party. They had one request… Make it an amazing party. For a thirteen year old, Griffin knew exactly what he wanted and had lots of specific ideas about the Bar Mitzvah party. By the time we were done the meeting I knew it was going to be a jumping crowd, was extremely excited for the party date to get here, and was totally psyched to work with such a cool family.
I take great pride in all of the setups that we do for Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah parties, and I personally made sure this one looked awesome, so much so that I couldn’t wait for the family to walk in and see what the room looked like. It was all worth it when I saw the expression on Kim, Jamie and Griffin’s faces. The fun began at cocktail hour, where Griffin and his friends enjoyed having their green screen photo favors taken. His friends were a lot of fun and kept asking our dancers when they could come into the main room to start dancing… they were ready to party!
My favorite part of a party is the opening dance set when the guests first come into the room. This helps to set the tone and gives you an idea of how the night is going to go. I was ecstatic because from the time the party began to its final moments the dance floor was packed. We danced the night away with tunes from from The Jackson Five, Earth, Wind and Fire, some 80’s and finished up with some “Turn Down For What.” One of the best moments was seeing Griffin’s mom, Kim and her nephew Jake sing a duet to “Paradise of the Dashboard Light” with all of their family dancing around them on the dance floor.
Griffin was an absolute pleasure and did nothing but smile the entire evening. He was on the center of the dance floor with his friends and family for the entire night. This always makes my job easy because when the guest of honor and his parents are on the dance floor, their friends and family are certain to follow.
On behalf of myself and my entire crew thank you to Griffin and his parents Kim and Jamie for making our job so much fun. You are an amazing family and we wish you nothing but the best. I only can hope that you have another party soon – for any reason – so that we can do it all again.
Thank you to Michael Nathan Photography for the amazing photos.
- DJ Marc
Shortly after Griffin’s Bar Mitzvah, his father left this amazing review of our performance online…
Thank you Jamie!
The crew from Cutting Edge Entertainment did my sons Bar Mitzvah in June, 2014. The entire crew was great, so above and beyond what i would have expected. Everybody danced the whole time. Really kept the party alive. Multiple guests were commenting on how great the entire staff was. They really helped make our party a really great time. Thank you so much Cutting Edge for an memorable time!!, you guys were awesome!!!!!!!! Definitely would highly recommend this company!!!!
Images courtesy of Nathan Photography and Video
Willow Grove, Pennsylvania